THE MOST IMMERSIVE AND TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED MUSEUM IN THE WORLD

VENUE

MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE

LOCATION

WASHINGTON, DC

INTERACTIVE DIGITAL GUIDE
A mobile app created exclusively for the Museum of the Bible. Allows group coordination as well as individual and family customization.

ANCIENT BIBLE MANUSCRIPTS
A number of original biblical texts, including P39 (p.oxy. 1780) and the Greek Psalms Codex, known as P. Bodmer XXIV (Rahlfs 2110).
The Wyman Fragment (Uncial 0220), one of the oldest manuscripts containing Romans 5:1 – a key passage in the Protestant Reformation.

MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS
The Codex Climaci Rescriptus, a manuscript written in the seventh and eighth centuries incorporating several Biblical passages in Aramaic and Syriac. It is the largest surviving body of Christian Palestinian Aramaic text, with this dialect being very similar to the one used by Jesus Christ.
The Rosemary Rolle, with an English translation of Psalms that precedes Wycliffe’s translations by forty years. A copy of Wycliffe’s New Testament in Medieval English.
Rare illuminated manuscripts, including Hours and Psalter from Elizabeth of Bohun, produced in England in the fourteenth century.

PERFORMING ARTS THEATER
With a capacity of nearly 500 seats, this state-of-the-art auditorium uses an enrapturing system of 3D digital videomapping technology, giving the audience a unique experience.

JEWISH WRITINGS
The largest collection of Torah manuscripts, stretching throughout 700 years of history and including those which survived the Spanish Inquisition and Nazi depredations during WWII, among others.
The second largest private collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls, subject to investigation and in exhibition to the general public for the first time.
The oldest form of Hebrew prayer book, providing a crucial historic link between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew texts that followed.

PRINTED BIBLES AND REFORMATION-ERA ARTIFACTS
First editions of the King James Bible and the Douay-Rheims Bible, the first Catholic Bible translated to English.
Several copies of the first printed books, including fragments of Gutenberg’s Bible and Tyndale’s New Testament.
The earliest treatises and Bibles of Martin Luther, including a little-known letter written by Luther in the eve of his excommunication.

AMERICAN BIBLES
First editions of Eliot Indian Bible and the Aitken Bible, the first Bibles printed in America.
The personal Bibles of historical figures and celebrities, such as Elvis Presley, as well as former American Presidents.
The “Lunar Bible,” the first Bible to be in a celestial body other than the Earth.

HISTORY OF THE BIBLE
The multiple ways in which the most read book in history evolved, ever since the time when it was a collection of scrolls available to a select few, can be found in this part of the Museum.

OVER 2,000 LANGUAGES
Once open to the public, the fourth floor of this magnificent Museum of the Bible will host the amazing story of the most controversial book of all time.
The floor dedicated to the history of the Bible will allow visitors to experience full immersion in a biblical journey through time, technology and culture.
Beginning as a collection of writings and oral traditions available to but a select few, the Bible has been through severe transformations of form and language, allowing various communities spread all over the world to embrace the Scripture, making the Bible the most read work in history.
A part of this biblical journey will be presented in “Illuminations: Global Bible Exhibit,” celebrating the Bible’s growing availability throughout the world in over 2,000 different languages.

BRONZE GATES
Standing about 30-feet tall, the two bronze gates contain an excerpt from Gutenberg’s Bible. They are the recreation of the type molds used by Gutenberg to print the first page of Genesis.

FUN FACTS
Area: About 2,500,000 m2 (nearly 27 million sq.ft.)
Floors: 8
Exhibit Floors: 5 (History; Narrative; Biblical Impact; Long-term Exhibits; Short-term Exhibits)
Costs of acquisition, demolition and construction: ~ US$500 million dollars
Great Lobby’s LED Screen length: 35 meters (~115 ft.)
Visiting time (reading all signs, seeing all artifacts and performing all activities in the museum): 9 days (8h/day)
Biblical Garden on the top of the building
Ballroom with 630 seats
Over 500 biblical scripts and artifacts in exhibition on the “History” floor alone.

FULL ARTICLE AVAILABLE AT FREE DIGITAL EDITION. ALSO ACCESS THE INTERACTIVE EDITION, ENRICHED WITH ADITIONAL MULTIMEDIA CONTENT.


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